I was peddling away on the exercise bike at the club tonight while leafing through Wizard Magazine #182
. With the advent of the internet and 24 hour access to the hottest and most recent news, Wizard has had to reinvent itself into more of a "you heard it first" magazine. From the days when I used to run to the shop to pick up Wizard because it was THE place for news, now I just kinda pick it up out of loyalty and habit. I like Mike Cotton, and think he does a nice job interviewing creators. I also check the price guide to see what the scoop is.
Then I get to the pages I dread: The Hot 10 Writers and Artists. I have come to loathe
those lists. How in the heck the staff pick these creators is beyond me. It has become the same old tired group of folks month after month. I am dying to see new blood on the lists!!
To humor myself, I would first like to dissect the list of top ten artists. Agree or disagree, I gotta put it out there.1. JIM LEE.
No offense, but can we give the Jim Lee worship a rest? Maybe if Lee was dropped off the list, it would give him incentive to not over-commit to projects and concentrate on making deadlines. I respect Lee's work as a visionary, but feel that he needs to make a decision what to focus on.2. ALEX ROSS.
Let's just create a "Hall of Fame" list, put Alex on it, and retire him from the list, okay? Ross is in a class by himself, and we all know his work is wonderful, but it is time to give someone else a shot.3. STEVE MCNIVEN.
I have got to agree with this for the most part. While it is well known I am less then enchanted with Civil War, I can't fault McNiven's work on it. From his days as artist on Meridian at CrossGen, McNiven has really come into his own.4. JOHN CASSADAY.
I really love Cassaday's artwork, so I can't really argue with this one either.5. BRYAN HITCH.
No surprise here, I think "Hitchy" needs to be taken off the list for extreme lateness. His work is gorgeous, but his perfectionist ways have made me ambivalent. Give a new guy or girl a shot and take Hitch off the list.6. FRANK QUIETELY.
His work on All Star Superman has been nothing short of amazing and he has been solid on his bi-monthly schedule. I can't ask for more. I agree with this one.7. MICHAEL TURNER
. Turner needs a "turn" off the list. I admire how the man has handled a horrific battle with cancer and feel a great deal of empathy for the fact that he has been able to produce work. Bluntly, I am just really tired of his stuff. The evolution of his style has failed to impress me and I am really tired of seeing so many covers with his work on it. Time to be taken off the list.8. ROB LIEFELD.
I feel faint. If there was ever a case of being put on the list so the Wizard staff could kiss some butt, this is it. Yikes. Wizard, I am putting you on notice for this boldly horrible decision. I am still reeling from his god-awful work on Teen Titans #27 and 28.9; ETHAN VAN SCIVER.
He is a great draftsman, and I appreciate his art. It is too bad that he has been one of those guys whose work tends to be permanently tardy. I see Van Sciver as a guy for "limited" series on a long deadline.10. GREG LAND.
I enjoy Land's artwork a great deal. His work on Sojourn, Birds of Prey, and Nightwing never ceased to thrill me. As his style has evolved, I have been both fascinated and surprised. For now, his place on the list is solid with me.SUGGESTIONS FOR ARTIST TO PUT ON THE LIST
1 SIMONE BIANCHI
. Those covers on Detective Comics, and the incredible work on Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight still stands out in my mind. With Wolverine coming up, Bianchi is deserving.2. J.H. WILLIAMS.
His work on Seven Soldiers #1 is mind blowing. Williams deserves a shout out.3. PAUL POPE.
It doesn't all have to be "pretty art". Pope gives power to Batman Year 100. Check it out and let me know what you think.4. DARICK ROBERTSON.
His art on Transmetropolitan proved he could hold his own with Warren Ellis. Now on The Boys, he dazzles with continuous brilliance. His line work is simple but stunning.5. MICHAEL LARK.
Open a page of Daredevil. Notice that the gritty style works so well there that you tend to forget it is a comic book. That is how good the work by Lark is.
I am sure there are many more I could mention, but that is just off the top of my head. Please People in Charge At Wizard
hear my pleas! Give someone new a chance. There are a lot of Hot artists out there, and you have made the list a lukeward butt kissing festival. I know that the creators listed are FOW (Friends of Wizard), but isn't it time to make some new ones?
Anyone care to debate or comment on this? Wanna make your own list? Let's do it!